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Success! Arinaitwe from Uganda raised $264 to fund thyroid surgery.

Arinaitwe
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$264
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$0
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Fully funded
Arinaitwe's treatment was fully funded on December 6, 2020.

Photo of Arinaitwe post-operation

July 9, 2020

Arinaitwe underwent thyroid surgery.

Arinaitwe had a successful thryoidectomy treatment due to a goiter. She is doing well with no pain at the incision site. She is able to speak, breathe well, and has no disfigurement. She hopes for a better quality of life after recovery.

Arinaitwe shared, “I am proud to be one of the blessed people Watsi helped. I never knew that my condition would be improved but I am thankful for this support and I will live happily as I resume farming.”

Arinaitwe had a successful thryoidectomy treatment due to a goiter. She is doing well with no pain at the incision site. She is able to spea...

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May 21, 2020

Arinaitwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda who is married and a mother to seven children. Two children are small scale farmers and married and the rest are still in school studying. She and her husband both practice farming for a living.

Five years ago, Arinaitwe began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing and headaches. She was diagnosed with a goitre, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Arinaitwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 22nd at our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $264, and she and her family need help raising money.

Arinaitwe says: “I hope for a successful surgery and this will help me do well again on my farms.”

Arinaitwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda who is married and a mother to seven children. Two children are small scale farmers and marrie...

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Arinaitwe's Timeline

  • May 21, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Arinaitwe was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • May 22, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Arinaitwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 26, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Arinaitwe received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Arinaitwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 06, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Arinaitwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Thyroidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $264 for Arinaitwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$22
Supplies
$49
Labs
$6
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients in need of a thyroidectomy often present with a small thyroid growth (nodule or cyst), a thyroid gland that is so overactive it is dangerous (thyrotoxicosis), cancer of the thyroid, noncancerous (benign) tumors of the thyroid that are causing symptoms, or thyroid swelling (nontoxic goiter) that makes it hard to breathe or swallow. Patients in need of thyroid surgery often present with nervousness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, hand tremor, excessive sweating, weight loss, and sleep problems, among other symptoms.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The thyroid gland is an organ located in the front of your neck that releases hormones that control your metabolism (the way your body uses energy), breathing, heart rate, nervous system, weight, body temperature, and many other functions in the body. When the thyroid gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism) the body’s processes speed up and you may experience nervousness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, hand tremor, excessive sweating, weight loss, and sleep problems, among other symptoms.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Thyroid disorders are relatively common in the African continent. Iodine deficiency, although still the commonly documented cause of thyroid disorders in Africa, is not as rampant as it used to be. There is a compelling need to set up thyroid disorder registries in order to determine not only the scope of the burden of these disorders, but also to document changing trends, if any, especially given the background of widespread iodization programs. Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer, and its incidence has continuously increased in the last three decades all over the world. This trend is present on every continent except Africa, where detection is possibly insufficient.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Thyroid surgery takes approximately 3-8 hours depending on the patient. Patients will stay in the hospital for a maximum of 6-8 weeks or as needed for recovery. A patient will usually have one follow-up appointment in six weeks.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

In cases involving thyroid cancer, the surgery is the patient’s best chance of preventing the spread of cancer and saving the patient’s life. For hyperthyroidism, the treatment helps stabilize the hormones that regulate metabolism and effectively treat some of the symptoms that the patient presents with such as rapid heartbeat, anxiety etc.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Thyroid surgery is often 90% curative if diagnosis happens early. For benign tumors and hyperthyroidism, the surgery is more than 90% curative. The surgery comes with few risks.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are few quality care centers in the region. Hospitals lack adequate resources and expertise to treat this condition.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

In Kenya, surgery is the only treatment offered for thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism. This is because radiotherapy and medication alternatives are not easily accessible in the county. Also, the cost of treating with radiotherapy and medication is higher than that of surgery.

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